I recently posted on Coquette about my shopping experience at Galerie Lafayette in Paris. Chloe and I were armed with a personal shopper, Elodie who helped us find cute outfits for back to school. Some of these French brands I have known very well over the years from my mother-in-law and our many travels to France. Galeries Lafayette is fantastic because it has all the brands under one roof, from luxury kids clothes to everyday affordable ones. It is fantastic one stop shopping in my book. I usually buy Chloe key clothes for the season and they end up being go-to clothing she lives in and dresses up in as well.
At the top of my list is the brand Catimini. They do both girls and boys clothing and the quality is impeccable. (Luckily for us Bay Area folks, they have a store within the Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, CA.) The magenta spirit ethnique cable knit cardigan pictured above also can be worn in reverse and showcases an embroidered deer pattern. Their clothes can take many washes. Also, from all the playground wear my daughter goes through, the dresses really last! In fact, I've passed some of her dresses down to my friend's girls, who are still wearing them years later.
You can't get more French than Petit Bateau. Go for the signature stripes or in my case this time, I found the cutest floral sweatshirt and skirt set. If you have a new baby or know someone who is expecting, I love their baby bodysuits which are made in the softest cotton ever! We picked up a few pants for Chloe here. I find that their pants are durable and I like their adjustable waists.
For kids fashion with a refined element, Jacadi has it all. Featuring prim and proper dresses for girls, handsome shirts for boys, and fabulous outerwear with no fleece in sight, this brand gives elegance to little kids.
Bonpoint (pictured above and below) is another one of my favorite brands. It's filled with rich cotton prints that the crafter in me just wants to scream inside. I sort of want it all in my size, you see. The prices are expensive so pick and choose pieces to get. This season, the smock style shirt and dress is in full swing for girls. Colors featured blush tones, bright reds and oranges as well as grays. That's what I love about French fashion for kids. They are never afraid to give kids color variety aside from the typical pinks and blues that gives French kids an immediate sophistication.
Black, white and red? Yes, yes and yes!
I have always enjoyed my leisure time in France watching how stylish French kids and moms are on the playground or around town. Now two French moms have brought their Paris fashion talents together to create the brand, les petits carreaux.
Alice Shamreiz lives in Paris and designs the line while Stephanie Ross lives in the East Bay, CA. Their Spring/Summer 2014 collection is now available online and I adore the details from flowery prints to delicate pintucks. The clothing line is catered to boys and girls from 4 - 12 years old and features quality fabrics and tailoring that ensures the best comfort for your little ones. Pictured above: On the girl: Amandine Dress ($95), On the boy: Axel Sweatshirt Denim ($80). The lespetits-carreaux.com site offers free shipping for orders over $150.
And don't miss their Valentine's Day Contest that's there's still time to enter. Kids can print out this paper and draw a balloon for a chance to win a free outfit. Deadline is friday 2/28/14. Details are here.
Here are more of my favorites from the les petits carreaux S/S 14 collection:
Alisee Blouse ($75)
Aglae Blouse Flowers ($75)
Amelie Skirt ($70)
Alice Dress ($95)
Adele Blouse ($75)
Angelique Pants ($85)
Ambre Sweatshirt ($80)
Axel Sweatshirt Ivoire ($80)
for boys and girls
Bay Area-based Children's clothing brand Tea takes you to Morocco this season with styles that are full of color, bold shapes, mod tile motifs and embroidered textures. I love the Mosaic Tile Graphic Dress ($29.50) for little girls and the Streets of Marrakech Graphic Tee ($22.50) paired with the Peli Stripe Happy Hoodie ($29.50) for little boys. You can also get a great deal by buying some of their 5-piece sets online for $129/girls $105/boys that feature mix-and-match tops/dresses and bottoms.
Here are more of my favorites from the new spring collection:
Mosaic Rose Twirl Dress ($35)
Hajjaj Butterfly Graphic Tee ($22.50)
Triangle Pop Twirl Skirt ($32)
Seaside Tile Tankini ($45)
Night Blossom Pajamas ($39)
Medina Plaid Shirt ($39)
Pop Moto Tee ($22.50)
Mighty Lion Tee ($22.50)
Mosaic Camo Cargo Shorts ($32)
Hammerhead Board Shorts ($40)
Paper Planes Pajamas ($39)
BRIKA brings a new maker to their site featuring the L.A. based kids clothing line, OmamiMini by Ola & Natasha. Moms will love it's unique designs as well as it's lhigh quality materials with a low maintenance care approach. I am loving this Gold Giraffe T-shirt ($29) that's so adorable in winter white.
Here are more picks from OmamiMini's kids collection:
Sleep is Overrated Sweatshirt ($44)
Chaos Sweatshirt ($44)
Pompom Tunic ($48)
Wee Society has added three new designs (a dinosaur, unicorn and koala) to their collection of DIY Halloween Costumes. All you need is a brown grocery bag and colorful construction paper. Simply choose what animal your child wants to be and download the PDF that includes the instructions and templates.
Once you've completed your paperific costume, take a pic of your kiddo in the costume and upload it to the Wee Society Facebook page for your chance to win a free Wee Alphas art print!
Kids need to keep warm and with the fall and winter weather coming up, I love the lightweight warmth and easy-to-wear functionality of fleece jackets. Mini Boden has them in cute colors and patterns that will make your little one look his or her best. The polka-dot fun of the girls' Hooded Teddy Zip Sweatshirt ($42 at bodenusa.com) and the stunning colorblock of the boys' Two-in-one Sherpa Zip Sweatshirt ($54 at bodenusa.com) are two of my favorites.
Here are more cozy fleeces from Mini Boden:
Cosy Vest ($38)
Teddy Zip Sweatshirt ($38)
Shaggy Lined Hoody ($54)
Nordstrom Rack at 555 Ninth Street in San Francisco is now stocked with plenty of kids clothes! (For you new moms, there are lots of baby clothes too.) The folks at Nordstrom were nice enough to give me a $150 gift card to shop and check out all the cool kids' goods. A few days ago, my little fashionista Chloe and I took a shopping trip over to get her some new clothes for Back to School. Pictured above are the items we picked out together. She had a lot of input on what she wanted and we had a lot of fun. There was so much to choose from with lots of brand names you know and love.
555 Ninth Street (between Bryant Street & Brannan Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Mon-Sat 10am - 9pm
Sun 10am - 7pm
My girl probably grew about an inch or more this summer so we needed to stock up on jeans. We got two pairs in one of my favorite kids brands, Tractor. They make the best pants. I got a dark jean color and a floral pattern for her. These retail for $50 and over and we snagged them for just $29.97 and $23.97. I loved the colored jeggings by Joe's Jeans so we picked up a pair in Magenta for only $19.97 (regular $48). Let me tell you, this is going to be my go to place to pick up new pairs of pants. I don't have to wait for the anniversary sale and they have all the pants that are in fashion so I don't have to skimp on quality.
Hello Kitty cuteness was on display as well as sparkly tutus.
There were also lots of great clothes for boys. I love these striped Hurley hoodies – a staple for our foggy SF weather. I didn't get any photos of it but there were some great North Face fleece jackets for boys and girls floating around the section, mostly in toddler sizes.
You can't go back to school without a backpack, right? There were plenty of backpacks and mini-backpacks that were about $30 and under.
If you're a new mom and not yet ready for back to school, you'll enjoy the array of baby clothes that you can pick up. It made me nostalgic for the days when I could simply pick whatever outfit I wanted to for Chloe.
And if you are lucky enough to have some alone time to go sans kids, the handbag section is packed with some cute bags from Michael Kors, Rebecca Minkoff and more. Chloe didn't have the patience for me to look at my things so I'll have to go back by myself another day.
Shopping at Nordstrom Rack's kids' department was a breeze. Back to School shopping should always be this easy. Plus it's great to have free parking to shop somewhere in SF!
Disclaimer: Nordstrom provided me with at $150 gift card to review the shopping experience in this post.
I have gone through a few different kinds of lunch bags for Chloe and I've found the lunch bags at Pottery Barn Kids to be the best. I love that the lunch bags designs feature a wide variety of adorable prints for girls and boys and they are not tied to any commercial character. Chloe has the retro lunch bag in a previous butterfly pattern. I even got it embroidered with her name too which is a nice touch. It's the perfect size for a kid to carry. I chose the retro size lunch bag since it was easier to stack up her small plastic containers to sit along with a thermos of soup or juice box. After a year of daily use in school, it's still in perfect shape. I asked her if she wanted to pick a new lunch bag for Kindergarten and she refused. She loves her butterfly lunch box. Gotta love that!
Tip: I saw this on the Today show last year. There are so many germs at school that it's important to wash their most used school items such as their lunch bag or backpack. I have been washing Chloe's retro lunch bag each weekend and it is still in such fantastic quality.
Get free shipping for a limited time on all lunch bags at potterybarnkids.com.
Fiddlesticks is well-curated a children’s clothing and toy store located in Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. It's definitely one of my favorite kids stores in the city.
It feels like sometimes my weekends are filled with children's birthday parties and figuring out all the right gifts to get can be time consuming and overwhelming. Now Fiddlesticks makes it easier on us moms with their new valet gift service. One quick phone call is all it takes to cross gift shopping (birthday parties or baby showers) off your list.
Just call the shop at least a day in advance, tell the staff who you’re shopping for and what you’d like to spend, and they’ll pick out the best gift in the shop and charge you over the phone. You can swing by the store to pick up your wrapped gift or if you order it in advance, it can be shipped for you too.
I love their range of stylish and unique gifts, from earth-friendly toys to trendy clothes. The Fiddlesticks blog always showcases the new items filling up their shop.
For more information on the Valet Gift Service visit Fiddlesticks online. To shop the service, just call Fiddlesticks at 415-565-0508.